Jamie Vardy lifts Leicester past Liverpool

Published Tuesday, February 2, 2016 3:35 PM by Shane Barrow
Jamie Vardy lifts Leicester past Liverpool

Just another big test for Leicester City on Tuesday as Liverpool came calling to the King Power Stadium.  One of only two teams to inflict a defeat on the current surprise BPL leaders was Liverpool back on Boxing Day.  Could Jurgen Klopp and his boys pull off the double or would LCFC just add another scalp on their way to a miracle season?

The opening fifteen minutes were wide open as both sides went up and down the pitch at breakneck speeds.  Vardy, Mahrez and Okazaki led a dynamic attack for Leicester while Liverpool were not shy about getting forward themselves.  The best chance of the opening forays fell to Okazaki who got on the end of a Jamie Vardy cross with a close range header. The header was on target but not good enough to keep Simon Mignolet from making the reaction save to push it over.  Really should have been the opening goal there.  

Ryan Mahrez was his typical quality as he went close twice missing just wide in the opening minutes and then forcing a real nice save out of Mignolet in the 35th minute of play.  Despite the entertaining attacks at both ends the match would go to break scoreless.

Each had everything to play as the second half kicked off.  Leicester needing the win to keep their slim gap at the top of the table.  It was Liverpool that came out of the dressing rooms on the front foot though bossing the opening minutes of play.  And then Bang!

Leicester City did what they have done best all year.  Hit you on the lightning counter.  A perfect long ball from Mahrez found the running Jamie Vardy who surprised everyone by striking the ball on the full volley.  And what a hit it was as it sailed over the outstretched Mignolet and into the Liverpool net.  What a goal!

Just like that the Leicester City fairy tale was back in full effect! The Liverpool momentum was gone in a flash as they introduced Christian Benteke in an attempt to right the scoreline.  It was LCFC that made the next play though as some wonderful passing freed Okazaki in the Liverpool penalty area where he was felled.  The whistle did not blow though and played continued despite loud protests from the home fans.

They would not be denied though as only two mintes later the lead was 2-0.  Once again it was Vardy who pounced on a deflected shot putting the ball past the helpless Mignolet. What an atmosphere! Liverpool would go quietly from there with the final score going 2-0 to Leicester City.

LCFC did gain points on Arsenal who tied at The Emirates with Southampton.  Otherwise, all the big boys won on the day though to keep pace with the leaders as Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United all took full points on the day.  Things get much harder from here for the Barclays Premier League leaders as they face trips to Manchester City and Arsenal in the next two matches.